Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Paris Cats

Do you ever have one of those weeks? Alyssa's stomach flu moved north and settled into her chest. Finally, on Thursday, we spent time outside playing tag, catching butterflies, basically just enjoying being outdoors. Even cleaning out the car was fun. That evening the girls and I enjoyed dinner a cheap Mexican restaurant with great food. We came home and within 15 minutes Alyssa is in hysterics with her ear hurting. So after a sleepless night for everyone the doctor confirmed that the cold that was finally "gone", had moved north again into her ear and she had an ear infection. Hallelujah with antibiotics, I think we have really truly finished with her being sick.

So are you the least bit curious with what I sewed in those odd minutes I wasn't busy? I completed another block in my Paula Nadelstern Puzzle Quilt... only 9 to go.

I really liked what was happening with some of the fabrics as I was fussy cutting them. I also like how the colors bend at the seam lines.

This week it is time to start the next block and really play with how the blocks blend together with the mirror image fabrics.

My biggest problem is not wanting to cut into my favorite fabric. I am afraid I will run out so I am way too stingy with it. I still have 3/4 of a yard that has nothing fussy cut out of it, so for my next block I am forcing myself to use it! Hopefully I will get over my phobia.

I also started a new stitchery BOM by Jenny of Elefantz. This is exactly the "look" I would love to have my girls bedroom be. Reality is that no matter how soft and elegant the room is the toys would still be all over the floor. I am still going to stitch these up though with the thought that one day (soon?) it may be time for a Shabby Chic room make-over and I will already have this finished to decorate the room.

Until last night that is all I had completed in 7 days. But last night just as the girls were getting ready for bed I left for a sleepover at my Mom's house. We had the awesome martinis, then I got to sew with her for 4 hours, sleep just a little bit, and then get up for another 10 hour marathon sewing session. It was so much fun! We are attending an applique retreat next month, and the goal is to finish three new pattern packets then, so we are busy getting everything sewn together and ready for the applique to be added. And although I am not ready to show pictures of these new patterns quite yet, I will show off what we made to carry all our stuff in!

Aren't they adorable?
We now have matching totes, applique tool cases, humbug bags and covers for our pressing mats.
The brooches on the front of the bags, are inherited from my Grandmothers collection of jewelry. And the shoe fabric on the outside of my mom's bag is perfect because my Grandma always collected shoe charms wherever she went.
After looking at our newest creations, I was teasing my mom that we should change our name from "Quilts with Flair" to "Paris Cat Quilts" from the fabric line. Although most of our patterns are centered around a Paris theme, I think the name stays.

Also, if you are in the Southern California area and want to take a class from mom and I the next one is in August for our Eiffel Tower Quilt. I would love to meet you



Mary said...

Love your bags. You and your mom have certainly been productive!

Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

Aw, they are gorgeous!! Where did you get that divine fabric from?? I wish I lived in the States so I could come to your class :-( I would love to meet you! Well done on your productivity. It's inspiring :-)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your puzzle quilt is perfect. I understand your hesitancy in cutting into your favorite fabric, but you've got a great look going and it will be fine.

Barb said...

Love the bags